Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tips for beading peyote rings

Everyone wants to make the peyote rings I always wear, so I wanted to share a bit of troubleshooting one beadist needed. Her dilemma was in joining the ring.

It appears to me she did not make sure there were opposite "in" and "out" beads on the ends of the strip, to enable it to be zipped up like the teeth of a zipper.

Here's my illustration of a zip-up. Notice how the red thread zips back and forth between the "out" beads. Those bead join the ends of the strip into a ring. See how they fit between the "in" beads--like zipper teeth? The blue thread path shows how to weave in your thread in a figure-8 path to secure the ring. repeat it once more (Not shown in the illustration.) Trim the end once this is finished.

A complete tutorial to make peyote rings is for sale in my Etsy shop for $10 US.
Once you buy through PayPal, I send you the PDF. Easy!

Monday, September 6, 2010